Fully Funded Parks4Kids Projects

We’re excited to report that the following projects have met or exceeded their fundraising goal and will receive funding from the Parks4Kids campaign. Thanks to generous donors and the sponsoring organizations that will be helping get kids across the country outdoors and into parks.



Raymond Grade 4 - Brockton, MA

Eighty to ninety urban fourth graders experienced the animals and displays at the nearby Trailside Museum while also getting the opportunity to hike up to the observatory atop "Mt. Blue". These kids rarely have had the chance to play outside as most live in dangerous Brockton neighborhoods. 


Miami-Dade County Schools - Miami FL

Fourth grade children were selected from Title 1 schools throughout Miami-Dade county to explore Everglades National Park on bikes, in canoes or by foot. Excursions were led by park rangers.


Fieldtrip to the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve - Escondido, CA

More than 100 fourth grade students learned about watersheds during a fieldtrip to the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. The students enjoyed getting out of the classroom and into nature, where they learned about value of the Escondido Creek watershed, the history of the creek and ways to conserve water at home and in school. 


Then to Now - Cincinnati, OH

Nearly 200 students traveled to Parky's Farm for "Then to Now," a program that tracks the land's transition from fossils to farm. Participants learned how the land changed over time, identified Ohio fossils, compared life forms and habitats and investigated the causes of erosion.


High Tech Elementary - San Diego, CA

Nearly 80 fourth graders enjoyed an overnight camping and rock climbing experience in Joshua Tree National Park. Participants explored the question, "why is it important to protect the places where we play?" and connected to the environment through hiking and tidepooling programs. 


Alpine Achievers Initiative Mountain Valley School - Saguache, CO

Forty underprivileged children got a chance to experience some of Colorado’s finest outdoor opportunities.


Every Kid in a Park Fairview Elementary School - Denver, CO

In celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, Environmental Learning for Kids took fourth grade classes from Fairview Elementary School to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. On this excursion, students learned about Colorado wildlife and conservation, and they went on a nature hike to view bison and other wildlife. 


Utah Camp Latinos In Action (LIA)

The National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management-Utah partnered with Latinos In Action (LIA) and outdoor leadership school SPLORE to provide urban youth with outdoor adventures. A videographer filmed camp activities, like rock climbing, river rafting, hiking and camping.


Utah's Earth Connections Camp: American Indian Science and Culture

Fourth graders were recruited from the Urban Indian Center and local school districts to attend Earth Connections Camp, a one-day science and culture camp for American Indian youth in Utah. American Indian Elders taught lessons with federal agency instructors and mentors from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. 


Litchfield Intermediate School - Litchfield, CT

During an eight-week after school program, 13 students visited a different trail in Sleeping Giant State Park each week. The group also participated in activities and team building challenges while hiking and exploring.


Yokayo Elementary - Ukiah, CA

Students visited a fish facility that maintains a healthy population of steelhead in the Russian River. Educators highlighted the importance of natural habitat and conservation, and they tied in key ideas from a previously studied unit on stewardship.


Mapleton Elementary School Stream Team- Mapleton, OR

Twenty fourth graders traveled 50 miles to Cape Perpetua where they took a guided tour of tide pools and the temperate rainforest. They also completed a take-home art project, participated in a visitor center scavenger hunt and watched a movie about Cape Perpetua.


Hammond Elementary - Chicago, IL

During their visit to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, low income students explored ponds, open dunes, oak savannas and bogs while hiking and discovering the unique ecosystem. Students also played in the National Park Service's first Nature Play Zone where they enjoyed a hands-on nature experience. 


Charlton-Pollard - Beaumont, TX

During their visit to Big Thicket National Preserve, low income students engaged in ranger-led, inquiry-based activities to help provide context to their lessons on soil composition. Students determined the pH and percolation of different types of soil, then compared and contrasted different types of plants that thrive in these soils. Students also planted native trees in the national preserve.


Groundwork Richmond Green Team - Next Generation Stewards

Richmond, CA youth participants completed targeted stewardship activities while learning about the National Park Service, healthy outdoor lifestyles, climate change, air quality and urban forests. The education outcomes of those projects were maximized by outdoor recreation and career awareness offered through National Park Service partners.


Neighborhood to Nature - Richmond, CA

Thirty-five disadvantaged children and youth from one of Richmond, CA's toughest, inner-city neighborhoods visited Yosemite National Park and Muir Woods National Monument. Additionally, 50 local children and youth got multiple opportunities to visit city, regional and National Parks, where they engaged in meaningful, hands-on outdoor experiences with the natural world.


Waterside Workshops Youth Outdoor Recreation and Outings - Berkely, CA

Waterside, a bustling neighborhood center, provided job-training, classes and recreation opportunities for some of the Bay Area’s most at-risk youth. The center also offered services to the community, including a bicycle shop and repair facility, a full service wooden boat building shop and Berkeley's only youth-run coffee shop.


Connecting Communities to Parks Project - San Francisco, CA

Youth were engaged in five trips to Golden Gate National National Recreational Area and a separate overnight trip to Slide Ranch to learn about land stewardship and nutrition. Youth also participated in the Crissy Field Center's Camping at the Presidio program, two mountain biking trips in the Marin Headlands and Tennessee Valley, an overnight trip to Point Reyes National Seashore and a backpacking trip to Yosemite National Park.


WildLink Program - San Francisco, CA

WildLink, a community partnership between NatureBridge and the National Park Service, provided free one-year programs for approximately 80 underserved California youth. The program integrated wilderness expeditions in Yosemite National Park; service projects in the students’ home communities; family outreach and involvement; mentorships; and career workshops. 


Earth Team Summer 2016 Hiking Series - Berkely, CA

About 112 high school interns from the Sustainable Youth Internships afterschool program went on a series of immersive hiking field outings and camping trips at regional and National Parks. The diverse participants came from Title-1 schools throughout the urban East Bay Area, CA. 


California Outdoors! Education Program - San Leandro, CA

Two hundred low income youth experienced a three-day outdoor educational experience, including a camping overnight. For most of the students, it was their first experience camping and parks are usually not reachable by this population. 


West Contra Costa Unified School District - Richmond, CA

1,200 4th graders from public schools in Richmond, CA are heading to Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park for a rewarding life experience and hikes along the beautiful San Francisco Bay Trail. For many of the students and their families, this will be a first-ever national park trip and this initiative will launch the first annual Every Kid in a Park - Richmond partnership between UC Berkeley, West Contra Costa Unified School District, the National Park Service, Rosie the Riveter Trust and Groundwork Richmond.


Colvin Run Elementary School - Vienna, VA

Students are teaming up with the National Park Service, Audubon Society, Northern Virginia Master Gardeners and various volunteers on the 2016 BioBlitz event at Wolf Trap Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. Participants are working together to identify and report the number of plants, pollinator species, birds and other animals in the park.


Cortada Elementary School - El Monte, CA

Thanks to the success of this project, 40 4th graders from Cortada Elementary School are visiting Eaton Canyon Park at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains -- many for the first time. Students enjoy a hike through the park, while learning about native plants, environmental justice and more.


Sleeping Bear Dune Snowshow Hikes – Traverse, MI

Friends of Sleeping Bear Dunes raised funds to pay transportation costs for 4th grade classes to attend ranger-led snowshoe hikes in the forests and dunes along Lake Michigan.


Castle Hayne Elementary, NC - Castle Hayne, NC

One-hundred fourth graders are benefitting from this awesome field trip to Moores Creek National Battlefield. Thanks for all of the donations, big and small!


Seaton Elementary School – Washington, DC

Forty students visited C&O National Historic Park on the Potomac River, combining lessons of history and science. The trip included a nature hike to observe regional geology, a tour of the locks and a ride on a real lock boat.


Highland Elementary School – Glasgow, KY

Nearly 100 4th grade students visited Mammoth Cave National Park. Over the course of two outdoor adventures, they did some hands-on exploring while learning about “Leave No Trace” ethics, river health and public land stewardship.


Lane ESD Mugrant Education Program – Eugene, OR

Twenty students from the Migrant Education Program attended a two-night campout at Clark Creek Organizational Camp in the Willamette National Forest. US Forest Service staff taught the youth about botany, silverculture, water ecology, fire safety and wildlife identification.


Mullanphy Elementary School – St. Louis, MO

Sixty-five 4th graders explored the historical courthouse and the museum exhibits related to the French founding of St. Louis. Students topped off the adventure with a hike to the Jefferson Expansion Memorial to better understand its symbolism.


Glenwood Springs Elementary School – Glenwood Springs, CO

Almost 100 students conducted an in-depth study of the geographic features of Black Canyon of the Gunnison and began to understand the importance of Colorado’s rivers. The project provided real-life fieldwork experience that would have otherwise been inaccessible to the generally underserved student population.


Hardy Elementary School - Chattanooga, TN

The historic Glass Street community, a diverse and economically challenged urban neighborhood, is physically and emotionally connecting to nature. With help from this project, youth are being provided with a quality outdoor facility, National Parks are being made more relevant and barriers to the outdoors are being knocked down.


Williamsburg/James City County Public Schools - Williamsburg, VA

A partnership between Williamsburg/James City County Public Schools and Colonial National Historic Park is kicking off the development and implementation of a new fourth grade educational program that engages students in learning through active outdoor participation.


C. W. Shipley Elementary School - Harpers Ferry, WV

A partnership between Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and Harpers Ferry Historical Association has resulted in a app-based tour of Harpers Ferry that highlights the unique personal and historic stories of the town. Thanks to this project, history is coming alive for more than 1,000 youth.


Gansevoort Elementary School - Rome, NY

The bike-share program is providing youth, visitors, boaters and the local community with bikes that can be used at no cost – opening trails that are rich with history to users that may not be able to afford a bike or don’t have the luxury of traveling with their bikes.


Lincoln Elementary School - Hammond, IN

The Wilderness Inquiry Canoemobile is connecting local youth and communities to the outdoors to build generations of community and environmental stewards, and to promote healthy, active lifestyles. This year, it is supporting the Calumet Region Wilderness Paddle, introducing more than 3,660 students to paddling in urban waterways.


O. K. Adcock Elementary School - Las Vegas, NV

This project is developing “Encuentra Tu Parque” (“Find Your Park”) messages to educate Las Vegas Hispanic youth about the area’s national parks. Through this project, more than 1,000 students are recognizing National Parks as a place to play, learn, serve and work.


Engelwood Elementary School - Orlando, FL

The Wekiva Bear Brigade is empowering 4th graders to make positive environmental changes in their communities. The Understanding Black Bear curriculum provides inquiry-based and hands-on learning opportunities for students where bear nuisance issues are most prevalent.


Farwell Elementary School - Lewiston, ME

Through this project, more than 70 urban youth from Lewiston’s Tree Street Youth Center have the opportunity to explore their individual interests through targeting programs that address environmental careers, leadership or risk avoidance.


Carrol Middle School - Raleigh, NC

This project, the Neighborhood Ecology Corps, develops youth into environmentally literate citizens who have a holistic view of their communities. Participants include middle school students from underserved Raleigh, NC neighborhoods.


All 4th Graders in DC - Washington, DC

All 3,300+ Washington, DC 4th graders are getting the chance to visit a national park in 2016.  Participants come from 86 Title I Schools (85 Schoolwide and 1 Targeted Assistance) and 26 Non-Title I Schools. 


Coronado Elementary - Nogales, AZ 

The Anza Youth Ambassadors, a program of the Santa Fe Ranch Foundation, is working with organizations to construct an outdoor theater on the upper bench of the 9-acre wetlands known as Las Lagunas de Anza (Anza Campsite 13).